Interview with Rekkles

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English version of the interview with Martin 'Rekkles' Larsson, current ADC of Fnatic.
Are you satisfied with the spot you and your team are currently in?

Judging straight out of LCS performance, then I’d say no, but things I know that people don’t see in LCS, like the fact we’re trying so many different gamestyles, we’re learning how to play with each other on a higher level rather than just like „Ok, we played this and this because it’s really strong“ rather it’s more like „What are you good at?“ and what weak sides do we have. We’re working on a lot of things for a long term.

The fact that we’re still able to win every game in LCS, even if it’s sometimes close, makes it feel like we’re a really good team. This whole process we’re having right now is gonna be thus into a strong showing at worlds as well, if we manage to get there. If I was judging just straight out of LCS performane I’d not be that happy, but with the information I have outside of it, then yes I’m really happy and comfortable.

How would you compare the current process of the developement of the team with the developement in Elements as well as in the old Fnatic team?

This is very hard to compare. Players being unmotivated is probably the wrong word but it feels like we’re all the same age, except yellowstar, so we have a really good idea on what we like to do in life. We all enjoy playing League of Legends a lot, that’s just something I’ve never felt in other teams before. That just comes the older you get the more things you can do in life apart from sitting in front of your computer for six hours. I feel like we’re more like really really cool bros like in a bromance. We eat the same stuff, we do the same things at the same time so it really feels like we’re fitting well together as teammates. Meanwhile in other teams, it was more of a professional relationship. I played with Peke and Soaz and the other members for a long time so we still ended up being really close, at this time it was like we’re brothers as well, but it took time to get there. Meanwhile here it feels really natural.

I’d definitely say different, it’s hard to tell, if it’s better or worse, but since we’re putting down good results it feels pretty good from my stand point, maybe it’s also better. I’m not really sure. But I’m definitely happy how things are going so far.

At the spring split Yellowstar gave an interview saying that one of the issues of the old line up were the egos around the team. Do you think he also meant you with it?

Probably a bit, yes. In the old team it intended to demand too much resources in the game - not by saying I want this and I want this, but more of the way I played the game and the way others played the game. I was the guy that went to take all the big waves and play all these hyper carries and yet I didn’t end up carrying the game. There was definitely something that was wrong there, but it wasn’t like really intentional for me. It was more just my gameplay. I kind of learned this process in Elements, I learned a lot of things about being a teamplayer. Once there are results you can see all the flaws you have. In Elements, even though we weren’t successful, I feel like I’ve learned a lot of things in terms of being a teamplayer and just about myself as a person.

Could you elaborate on that?

When you’re put in a tough position - which we were in Elements, we were like struggling for relegations, on paper we were supposed to be a top three team – it gets you to a points as a person where you get very frustrated, because I’m still only 18, but things weren’t going my way and I was spending 14 hours every day playing league. I felt like I have nothing to fall back on. I tried to solve these issues but I’m too emotionally unstable to be able to do that by myself. I had a lot of arguments with the other players and my management because I was really frustrated that we’re not getting good results. I started learning things about myself as a person like what I prioritize as a player and as a person and then I tried to adjust for the better. I feel like if I didn’t have that periode in my career on Elements, I’d be kinda stuck in a mentality I had in the old Fnatic team. Meanwhile, now I feel like a new sort of upgraded fresh player. Maybe I’m not the same guy having 300 cs at 30 minutes, but I’m still doing what I’m supposed to do as an ADC.

I don’t regret going to Elements, I feel like I made the right choice at the time. I gained a sort of experience in a different way than I did in the old Fnatic team for example. There it was more like we’re putting down good results, I’ve learned a lot of things how it is to play on a stage and how it is to work in a team. Because we were so successful, I never got to the bad part of it. I got that bad part in Elements and I feel like I got all the good and the bad parts now. I’ve been able to put all that into myself and be a better teammate and a better player.

Things have not changed for Elements. Do you think that their current path is at least productive or do they still have to make drastic changes?

I don’t think they have to change any players or anything. It just comes down to people wanting to put down their effort, because that was something we were struggling with in Elements. When these problems came around, everyone wasn’t that open minded about solving them. They were more like shoving them under the rock and they were just trying to imagine that these issues do not exist. It’s kind of clear to see they still have these issues we had in the old line-up. Unless they identify these issues then you need to talk to each other about them so everyone is awared of that there is an issue. Then you need to find a solution together. It’s really hard to do this when people are around 20 or 19 because they’re not emotionally mature enough to be able to do that. That was something I was struggling with a lot. I improved it in my time in Elements. I still feel like they have to be a bit more open minded towards each other. That’s something I’ve noticed a lot right now among all pro players. Whenever someone criticised them, they go in a defensive mode and try to defend themselves rather than saying „Ok, I’ll try that“. That comes down to people being a bit egoistic in that sense. I don’t necessarely think that someone is a bad person.

It’s just the coach and how we see him. In korea it’s like the coach and five players and here it’s like five players and a coach. These five players here are superstars, meanwhile in korea they are superstars on a social level, but in their team, I don’t think they’re superstars. It’s just more of the culture in the esport scene. At the same time people are being so young and for example you get so many followers on twitter you just forget what’s important. I think it’s a mix of a lot of things. I wouldn’t say they have to drastically change but they have to identify their issues and find a solution together.

Some people call Niels “Mini Rekkles” and you just played him in your match against Origen. What do you think about his potential?

Back on the day Origen was created I was aware of it and I got offered going with them, but I’ve already explained that I didn’t feel like it was the right decision for me and my career to go to the challenger scene and start from the beginning. Peke asked me about a player, who he could take and he was willing into buyouts offers from LCS, but I told him that was not what he was supposed to do, because this Niels guy was really strong in SoloQ. I play a lot of League of Legends so when I see him in SoloQ I can pretty much feel that he’s a very potent player. I told Peke to atleast give him a chance because I feel like if he was given the chance to join a good team he’d be a really strong player. He shows that in LCS right now. Even in the game vs. him I felt like he did a better job than I did with the resources he had in the game. I think he’s a really good player and a really good pickup for that team. He seems like a very open minded and motivated player, I think he’s on the right track.